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Annabelle Dustan

Annabelle Dustan

Statement

My poem,"Echoes" is about the holding of memorial, and attempting to regain a sense of agency and placement after familial trauma. The character of the homing pigeon acts as a symbol for finding this placement once again, in marriage with the rebuilding of a home already created after it has been dismantled.

Bio

Annabelle Dustan is a multimedia artist primarily focused on themes of dis/placement, trauma, and reconstructing past experiences through environments and relics. Currently, she attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Visual and Critical Theory major. Her instagram handle is @verynicefruit.


“Echoes”
by Annabelle Dustan

sluggish with talk
gull belly passer by
homing pigeons are the children of the rock pigeon
selective breeding to bring birds home
even after expansive travels
craving
homing pigeon tendencies
see you pass through cloud
home detector bringing myself back to placement
lay body on recognizable feeling
but it seems as though this
is just some form of waiting

grieving imagined circumstance
craning your neck all the time can feel
redundant
but acts as memorial
to imagined
circumstance
when dancing barefoot
it is important to know
how to look up and wave hello
to dust particle and sun ray alike
a tribute to your imagined circumstance

digging up big holes
worms can be split in two and exist still
soil of endless variety even
at less than a mile’s distance
grounded through imagined circumstance
invisible homing pigeon
lies itself in shapeless cumulus
a gull’s belly above my own
wings welcoming sky so close I could graze it
with my
finger tip
a moment to satisfy desired circumstance

the same but different a homing pigeon fulfills purpose, arriving beside
my yard
the same but different
my siblings voice rings through the clouds’ landscape
parting as an act of reverence towards an exhausted freight
digging toes in memorial soil
what to choose when you close your eyes

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